Finding a job

Finding a job

When do they start their job searches?

About a fifth of MSc students (21 per cent) have already started looking for a job at least 6 months before they complete their studies. A month away from graduation, 54 per cent are actively searching for a job.

How long does it take to find a job?

The search for jobs seems to be effective, with 72.7 per cent of respondents saying they found a job within three months of the start of their search and more than half, 52.3 per cent, securing the first step on the career ladder before their graduation. There is no correlation between the time needed to find a job and the industry in which graduates found employment, but the respondents’ specialised subjects did influence how much time they needed to find a job. More than 10 per cent of respondents from the MSc Global Business & Stakeholder Management, MSc Human Resource Management, and MSc Supply Chain Management needed more than 6 months to find a job. All the respondents who finished the  MSc  Chinese Economy & Business, and MSc Entrepreneurship & New Business Venturing found a job within 3 months from the start of their search. Sadly, the response rate from some specialised master programmes was too low for us to make conclusions about the speed of finding employment in general. These results represent only the respondents’ experiences.

Finding a job

Using their own networks (58.4 per cent) was reported as the most effective way of finding a job, followed by doing an internship (37.7 per cent), and via social networking sites, such as LinkedIn (35.8 per cent).

Giving students the opportunity to meet and interact with company recruiters on campus gets approval from 36.7per cent of our respondents; these interactions include company presentations (11.9 per cent), STAR Management Week activities (9.1 per cent) and the Erasmus Recruitment Days (15.7 per cent).

The services of RSM’s Career Services were rated as valuable by 27.5 per cent of respondents. RSM’s Job Board, on which companies advertise for applicants from within RSM, is rated as the best service with almost 18 per cent approval, compared to 14.9 per cent who found the website as effective, and 8 per cent who made use of other services from RSM Career Services.

MSc degree and current job

Almost three-quarters of respondents (72.3 per cent) say that their employment position requires them to have an MSc degree.

Only 5.8 per cent of graduates needed their specific MSc specialisation for their current job. About half (52.3 per cent) thought ‘my specialisation or a connected specialisation’ was required for their job, and 38.6 per cent  said ‘no specific specialisation’ was required. This was generally true for all 14 specialised MSc programmes in our portfolio, according to the survey. More than a third of respondents (37.2 per cent) see a direct connection between what they learned during their master programme and their current job, and another 38.6 per cent sees a general connection.